BIRMINGHAM: In UK the month of Ramadan had started on June 6, 2016. The Eid al-Fitr 2016 is expected to fall on July 5.
If the crescent moon is sighted on Monday, July 4, then Ramadan will end after 29 days.
If moon is not sighted on July 4, then Ramadan will last for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr must be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6.
The Islamic Cultural Centre in London confirmed, “Depending on sighting of the new moon” it would be on either of those dates.
Some organization, like, Islamic Relief UK, are firm about that it will be on July 6.
Birmingham Central Mosque, in Belgrave Middleway, Highgate, states that Eid 2016 is expected to be on July 6 – subject to the sighting of the crescent moon
The organizers of Birmingham’s Eid celebration are holding back until July 4, because of the big day which will be celebrated in small Heath Park, expected to be either July 5 or 6,
The Muslim Council of Britain – which represents more than 500 national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools – told the Birmingham Mail: “The day on which Eid will fall is determined the night before, and is announced by Saudi Arabia.
“This year, Eid al-Fitr will either be on Tuesday, July 5, or Wednesday, July 6.
“Refer to the London Central Mosque on Monday night or, if you would like a more localised report, to your local mosque in Birmingham.
“Note that while some mosques use the scientific method (astronomical charts) to determine when Eid is, others use moon sightings. Sometimes these coincide, although at other times it can lead to different groups in the Muslim community celebrating Eid on two different days.”